La voce segreta dei corvi
Adam McCormick had just turned fifteen when the body was found in the wood...more
I had two problems with it: style and motivation. The style is a little too true to the way a fifteen-year-old might tell a story -- which is to say, meandering, repetitive, and trite. (In fact, all the actual fifteen-year-olds I know would probably do a better job than this, though maybe not on the first draft, which is what it reads like.)
And I couldn't make sense of why any of the characters made the choices the...more
Every once in a while, I let myself get talked into thinking I need to read some "real" literature and just pick something, and generally I feel completely apathetic about it at best, or downright hate it at worst (Frangipani, Everything Is Illuminated). Sometimes however, a non-fantasy book will catch my eye. I'll just instinctively know that I need to read it. I was walking out of the bookstore, and One For Sorrow was on the very end of the shelf; I glanced it...more
One for Sorrow...more
One For Sorrow is Christopher Barzak's debut novel, about a teenage boy named Adam who forges an odd bond with a reclusive boy from his school named Jamie. When Jamie's body is discovered near train-tracks in the nearby woods, he appears in the form of a ghost to Adam, who then decides to embark on building a deeper friendship with him.
According to the synopsis for One For Sorrow, the novel is comparable to Salinger'...more
Adam is a 15 year old about to discover how troubled he is. For Adam, trouble comes in threes - his classmate Jamie is murdered, his mother is paralyzed in a car accident, and his grandmother dies. Bothered by Jamie's death in ways he cannot define, Adam befriends Jamie - Jamie's ghost, that is. Adam's world begins to deteriorate further, and he runs away with Jamie to Youngstown.
Barzak lets the details of the...more
Malo no es, desde luego, pero para mí le falta chispa, y el elemento sobrenatural, en este caso, no ayuda demasiado. Se lo compara con 'El Guardián entre el Centeno' y 'Desde Mi cielo', y es fácil ver porqué, p...more
It was also an incredibly creepy and interesting view of life and death. His ideas about what/where ghosts go, and their interactions with people . . . I believed Adam, and I believed _in_ him, and I believed his family and his town and his
random angry desperate wandering.
He is a lost boy in a town that everyone else has forgotten, and his family is unhappy and confused, but this is still a b...more
cmq... di cosa parla questo libro? della morte, della speranza, dell'amicizia, dell'amore, della famiglia, del fatto che si può sempre correre e di un viaggio; un viaggio che il protagonista fa sia materialmente che...more
All the characters in this book make incredibly irrational decisions, which is especially annoying in the case of the narrator, whose head we’re supposed to be in. Yet we never get to see any of his thought processes. It’s a really baffling way to tell a story—I felt so disconnected from what was...more
Christopher Barzak's One for Sorrow is a rare thing indeed--a horror novel with heart. It's not often that such a book, particularly a debut (Barzak's reputation comes from his short fiction), is described as "lovely, melancholy" (Village Voice). But Barzak balances his story's supernatural aspects, which he delivers with simple assuredness, with the uncertainties and complexities of adolescence. One for Sorrow has been compared to The Catcher in the Rye and Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones. In t...more
Categories: YA aged protagonists in a not YA style book, authors who have lived in my home town
Post scriptum: also a protagonist who shares my opinion of Holden Caulfield!
|Endicott Mythic F...: One for Sorrow: A Novel - Q&A with Christopher Barzak||18||68||Jan 12, 2010 07:38pm|